1997 NCAA Division I
Baseball Tournament
Season1997
Teams48
Finals site
ChampionsLSU (4th title)
Runner-upAlabama (4th CWS Appearance)
Winning coachSkip Bertman (4th title)
MOPBrandon Larson (LSU)

The 1997 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament was played at the end of the 1997 NCAA Division I baseball season to determine the national champion of college baseball. The tournament concluded with eight teams competing in the College World Series, a double-elimination tournament in its fifty first year. Eight regional competitions were held to determine the participants in the final event. Each region was composed of six teams, resulting in 48 teams participating in the tournament at the conclusion of their regular season, and in some cases, after a conference tournament.[1] The fifty-first tournament's champion was LSU, coached by Skip Bertman. The Most Outstanding Player was Brandon Larson of LSU.

Regionals

The opening rounds of the tournament were played across eight regional sites across the country, each consisting of a six-team field. Each regional tournament is double-elimination, however region brackets are variable depending on the number of teams remaining after each round. The winners of each regional advanced to the College World Series.

Bold indicates winner.

Atlantic Regional

Hosted by Miami (FL) at Mark Light Field in Coral Gables, Florida.

Round 1Round 2QuarterfinalsSemifinalsFinal
1Miami (FL)11
6Richmond41Miami (FL)5
4FIU2
2Florida41Miami (FL)3
5St. John's33Arizona State10
2Florida23Arizona State65
3Arizona State31Miami (FL)76
3Arizona State101Miami (FL)611
4FIU22Florida162Florida5
6Richmond106Richmond2
5St. John's4

Central Regional

Hosted by Texas Tech at Dan Law Field in Lubbock, Texas.

Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
             
6 Southwest Texas State 1
4 Nevada 7
1 Texas Tech 6
6 Southwest Texas State 7
4 Nevada 9
5 Southwest Missouri State 10
1 Texas Tech 2
5 Southwest Missouri State 4
5 Southwest Missouri State 6
2 Rice 25
2 Rice 5
5 Southwest Missouri State 2
2 Rice 10
3 Clemson 6
3 Clemson 13
4 Nevada 9
2 Rice 13
6 Southwest Texas State 9
6 Southwest Texas State 12
3 Clemson 7

East Regional

Hosted by Florida State at Dick Howser Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida.

Round 1Round 2QuarterfinalsSemifinalsFinal
1Florida State4
6Marist21Florida State16
3UCF2
2Auburn111Florida State7
5Western Carolina32Auburn8
2Auburn92Auburn75
4South Florida01Florida State92
3UCF41Florida State6
4South Florida54South Florida94South Florida5
6Marist35Western Carolina4
5Western Carolina8

Mideast Regional

Hosted by Mississippi State at Dudy Noble Field in Starkville, Mississippi.

Round 1Round 2QuarterfinalsSemifinalsFinal
1Georgia Tech5
6Tennessee Tech01Georgia Tech8
3Southwestern Louisiana0
2Mississippi State81Georgia Tech4
5Ohio State54Washington8
2Mississippi State44Washington53
4Washington52Mississippi State74
3Southwestern Louisiana41Georgia Tech2
4Washington52Mississippi State252Mississippi State10
6Tennessee Tech56Tennessee Tech5
5Ohio State3

Midwest Regional

Hosted by Oklahoma State at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Round 1Round 2QuarterfinalsSemifinalsFinal
1UCLA2
6Harvard76Harvard8
4Stetson6
2Tennessee56Harvard7
5Ohio23Oklahoma State10
2Tennessee13Oklahoma State22
3Oklahoma State61UCLA1422
3Oklahoma State86Harvard9
4Stetson12Tennessee31UCLA14
1UCLA151UCLA5
5Ohio1

South I Regional

Hosted by Louisiana State at Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Round 1Round 2QuarterfinalsSemifinalsFinal
1LSU14
6UNC Greensboro01LSU14
3Oklahoma3
2South Alabama121LSU5
5Houston62South Alabama11
2South Alabama122South Alabama44
4Long Beach State41LSU1415
3Oklahoma01LSU14*
4Long Beach State14Long Beach State144Long Beach State7*
6UNC Greensboro96UNC Greensboro4
5Houston5

South II Regional

Hosted by Alabama at Sewell–Thomas Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Round 1Round 2QuarterfinalsSemifinalsFinal
1Alabama8
6Troy State51Alabama6
4Wichita State2
2Southern California21Alabama6
5Virginia Tech33NC State3
5Virginia Tech61Alabama9*
3NC State122Southern California8*
3NC State10*3NC State4
4Wichita State9*5Virginia Tech22Southern California13
6Troy State22Southern California6
2Southern California5

West Regional

Hosted by Stanford at Sunken Diamond in Stanford, California.

Round 1Round 2QuarterfinalsSemifinalsFinal
1Stanford12
6Northeastern31Stanford3
3Texas A&M1
2Cal State Fullerton01Stanford9
5Santa Clara55Santa Clara2
5Santa Clara81Stanford5
4Fresno State14Fresno State2
3Texas A&M15Santa Clara7
4Fresno State24Fresno State84Fresno State10
6Northeastern42Cal State Fullerton7
2Cal State Fullerton8

College World Series

Participants

Seeding School Conference Record (Conference) Head Coach CWS Appearances CWS Best Finish CWS Record
1 Alabama SEC 52–12 (20–9) Jim Wells 3
(last: 1996)
2nd
(1983)
5–6
2 LSU SEC 53–13 (22–7) Skip Bertman 8
(last: 1996)
1st
(1991, 1993, 1996)
19–11
3 Stanford Pac-10 43–18 (21–9) Mark Marquess 9
(last: 1995)
1st
(1987, 1988)
21–16
4 UCLA Pac-10 45–19–1 (19–11) Gary Adams 1
(last: 1969)
7th
(1969)
0–2
5 Miami (FL) n/a 49–16 (n/a) Jim Morris 15
(last: 1996)
1st
(1982, 1985)
32–26
6 Auburn SEC 49–15 (17–12) Hal Baird 3
(last: 1994)
4th
(1967)
2–6
7 Rice WAC 47–14 (20–9) Wayne Graham 0
(last: none)
none 0–0
8 Mississippi State SEC 46–19 (19–11) Ron Polk 5
(last: 1990)
3rd
(1985)
5–10

Results

Bracket

First round Second round Semifinals Finals
             
1 Alabama 3
8 Mississippi State 2
1 Alabama 1
5 Miami (FL) 6
4 UCLA 3
5 Miami (FL) 7
5 Miami (FL) 6 2
1 Alabama 8 8
8 Mississippi State 7
4 UCLA 5
1 Alabama 9
8 Mississippi State 5
1 Alabama 6
2 LSU 13
2 LSU 5
7 Rice 4
2 LSU 10
3 Stanford 5
3 Stanford 8
6 Auburn 3
2 LSU 13
3 Stanford 9
7 Rice 1
6 Auburn 10
3 Stanford 11
6 Auburn 4

Game results

Date Game Winner Score Loser Notes
May 30 Game 1 Stanford 8–3 Auburn
Game 2 LSU 5–4 Rice
May 31 Game 3 Miami (FL) 7–3 (12 innings) UCLA
Game 4 Alabama 3–2 Mississippi State
June 1 Game 5 LSU 10–5 Stanford
Game 6 Auburn 10–1 Rice Rice eliminated
June 2 Game 7 Miami (FL) 6–1 Alabama
Game 8 Mississippi State 7–5 UCLA UCLA eliminated
June 3 Game 9 Stanford 11–4 Auburn Auburn eliminated
Game 10 Alabama 9–5 Mississippi State Mississippi State eliminated
June 4 Game 11 LSU 13–9 Stanford Stanford eliminated
June 5 Game 12 Alabama 8–6 Miami (FL)
June 6 Game 13 Alabama 8–2 Miami (FL) Miami (FL) eliminated
June 7 Final LSU 13–6 Alabama LSU wins CWS

All-Tournament Team

The following players were members of the College World Series All-Tournament Team.

Position Player School
P Jeff Austin Stanford
Jarrod Kingrey Alabama
C Matt Frick Alabama
1B Eddy Furniss LSU
2B Joe Caruso Alabama
3B Andy Phillips Alabama
SS Brandon Larson (MOP) LSU
OF Tom Bernhardt LSU
G.W. Keller Alabama
Mike Koerner LSU
DH Mark Peer Alabama

Notable players

References

  1. ^ "NCAA Men's College World Series Records" (PDF). NCAA. 2009. p. 195. Retrieved November 5, 2014.